Zolo Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Organic wine lovers take note, you don’t have to compromise your environmental values to get bang for your buck from the 2010 Zolo Organic Cabernet Sauvignon.

The smell test might lead you to think this is a West Coast USA offering.  Good noticeable smoke/wood, friendly fruit and leather that smells of a brand new baseball glove.  Quite often when you talk Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, the conversation is about muted and measured descriptors – not here.

The gulp spits out lush, intense Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and it feels nice and round in the mouth.  I tend to prefer wines without any viney/green finish – which is not the case here.  No worries, that green doesn’t dominate.  Smart, sharp wine.

Musical Match: Back in 1990′s American cerebral rocker Matthew Sweet flirted with big-time mainstream success.  His brand of brainy rock and was dominated by big chunky guitar chords and straightforward guitar riffs with bright notes that he let ring out and hang in the air.  What could be more Organic than a rock song about a complicated relationship with a girlfried.  Teenage angst is to rock as Cabernet Sauvignon is to red wine. Who said brainy or Organic mean boring?


Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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